Australian police to get password powers

Australian police in Queensland are to be given power to force suspects to hand over passwords and encryption codes.

The legislation, to come into force in July, covers mobile phones, PCs, handhelds and other electronic devices. Non-compliance carries up to 12 months’ jail.

While police have software tools to crack encryption, Queensland Police Minister Judy Spence said the powers, which required a warrant, would save time and resources.

“This law prevents criminals from withholding electronic evidence by forcing them to give police access to data from their computers, mobile phones and other electronic storage devices… As computer technology becomes more sophisticated, so must the safeguards that protect our society.”

Civil liberties groups, however, were concerned the legislation would allow police access to suspects’ digital signatures.

Ironically federal legislation due to come into force shortly is moving in the opposite direction, offering users more protection for so-called stored data such as voicemails and messages stored on mobile phones.

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